The Battle of the Nifty Fifty: Canon’s 50mm1.8 vs. Yongnuo 50mm1.8

So, a while back Chinese flash maker Yongnuo stepped into the optics realm and started making a 50mm 1.8 (aka the Nifty Fifty, aka fantastic plastic, aka, your second lens).

The Nifty fifty was never an expensive lens, the Canon version is about $115, but if you are super frugal you may be tempted to check the $60 cheaper Yongnuo lens. Photographers Tony & Chelsea took the lens for a spin comparing it with the twice as expensive Canon version.

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Candidate for Prime Minister Sued Due to Alleged Copyright Infringement

Source: Yechial Yanai

Source: Yanai Yechial

Yanai Yechiel was commissioned to photograph a politician running in the Israeli Labor Party primaries. Since it was a small campaign, there was a very limited budget and the photo was to be used only for the internal elections, he accepted the PR company’s request and did the job for a modest price.

You can imagine his surprise, and anger, when 18 months later he discovered the photo was being used as one of the main images in the nationwide campaign for the politician who is currently leading the polls for the general elections and may be Israel’s next Prime Minister.

The developments in this case emphasize the importance of having a written contract, clearly covering all your bases.

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Handy Website Lets You Check Amazon Prices Around The World For Better Deals On Photo Gear

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Okay, you technically can search for the price of any Amazon product, not just photo gear. So, should you feel compelled to see if you can find better price on toilet paper by having it shipped to you from a foreign country, I suppose you are free to do so, but we’re just going to stick to the fun stuff for now, you know, like cameras and lenses.

I noticed a post on Facebook recently by a UK based photographer who was able to save £75 on a Sony A6000. Had he purchased the camera from Amazon.co.uk it would have cost him £449. After he did a little investigating, he discovered he could purchase the same camera for £374 by ordering it from Amazon.de and taking advantage of Amazon’s free shipping. Depending on what product you’re looking at and where you are located in the world, you could find savings well into the hundred’s of dollars using the same method of researching all of the different Amazon sites.

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Sony 4K Eagle-Cam Used to Capture a Record-Breaking Wildlife Awareness Campaign

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Source: YouTube/Freedom Conservation

Conservation movement Freedom Conservation successfully set a new world record for the highest recorded bird flight from a man-made structure, with the help of an Imperial Eagle called Darshan.

The flight, starting at the roof of the Burj Khalifa, was documented by attaching a Sony 4K Action Cam to the eagle.

Hoping to raise awareness of the plight of threatened wildlife, the group’s eagles have flown from several iconic landmarks in the past such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Use Nikon’s Lens Simulator to Pick Your Next Lens (Non-Nikon Shooters Too!)

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People often know they need a longer lens but don’t know just how long is long enough, or need a wider lens but have no idea if the extra 2mm on the wide end of the 14-24mm are worth $550 more than the 16-35mm.

Nikon’s lens simulator is a great resource for anyone debating which focal length they need or how various focal lengths compare to each other.

The simulator starts at 14mm and zooms all the way in to 800mm for FX format lenses and 10mm to 300mm for DX lenses, showing the resulting angle of view at any given time.

Camera wise you can select between FX (full frame), DX (APS-C) and CX (mirrorless) format models, going back about 6 years and up until Nikon’s newest models.

This simulator can be just as helpful for Canon, Sony, Olympus and any other brand users. All you have to do is take into account the slightly different crop factor.

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Canon 5D Mark IV Rumored to boast 28MP and 4K video. Release Date Depends on the Success of the 5Ds/R

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According to the latest set of rumors from Northlight Images the 5D Mark IV will only be released once the 5DS/R is “shipping in reasonable numbers”, but either way it will not be before the fall of 2015.

A rumor from the Far East claims that the 5D Mark IV is due in August or September and will pack a 28 megapixel sensor, offer up to 9fps and pack 4K video.

The 5D Mark III replacement will also include a ‘significant’ advance in Canon’s flash control capabilities, as will the 1D X Mark II. These advanced capabilities will include adapters, controllers and firmware updates for certain models which will also be able to enjoy the new functionality.

There’s no word at the moment regarding built-in WiFi and GPS.

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Sandi Ford Captures the Smiles of Sleepy Newborns

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When Sandi Ford began photographing newborn babies she noticed that they would occasionally let out a huge grin. Having learned to recognize the little signs that an “infectious and heart melting” is on its way, she now knows when to be ready with the camera to capture the prized moment.

Sandi says some babies are more smiley than others, and while some people pass these grins off as “just a bit of wind”, she can tell that’s not always the case.

I won’t say this wonderful series will make you want to run out and get a baby (though it might), but it will definitely make you miss the days when you could just lay back, relax and not worry about a thing other than passing wind.

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Texas Bill Threatens To Criminalize Photographers; Must Stay 25 Feet Away From Police

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Texas representative Jason Villalba introduced a bill that will restrict the public’s right to record police activity, and turn photographing or recording the men (and women) in blue into a class B misdemeanor. The 25 feet limit jumps to 100 feet for armed photographers.

Villalba claims the sole purpose of the bill is to protect officers in the field, but free speech advocates are enraged.

Certain exceptions are made, allowing very specific media types to photograph police from any distance.

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Candid Interviews With 24 Master Photographers Including Steve McCurry & David Allan Harvey

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The nice team over at Vogue Italia curated a YouTube playlist of interviews with 24 of their favorite past photographers. The interviews range in length from anywhere between 1:30 miuntes to over 35 minutes long. Most, however, have about a ten minute run time. Not all, but most of the videos are in English.

I haven’t watched all the videos yet, but the ones that I have spent time with were really good. There’s a lot of technical and inspirational soundbites in the videos, which is always a treat. Here’s a quick selection of videos for your convenience. If you have a little time to burn, you can scroll down to the end of this page and indulge in the entire playlist. [Read more…]